We’re not waffling about our love of waffles. While its origins may be on the breakfast table, this versatile food migrates easily to lunch, dinner and dessert; topped with fried chicken or simply made crisp and delicious in its own right.
363 Clinton St
The technicolor food trend lives on in Grandmama’s brightly hued waffles (think purple ube, pink praline and black sesame), which taste as good as they look. Eschewing the trend of using waffles simply as a vessel for toppings or chicken, these are delicious all on their own. After a brief stint hosting pop-ups at breweries (recent spots include Henderson and the People’s Pint) their permanent recently opened in Koreatown at the corner of Clinton and Bloor.
White Brick Kitchen
641 Bloor St West
This Koreatown diner’s breakfast menu is waffle-forward while also offering items like sandwiches and build-your-own breakfasts to please a picky crowd. Fried chicken and waffles are a sure bet, but save room for the house-made doughnuts.
This mini-chain of seven brunch spots across Toronto and Markham has made a name for itself thanks to its waffle-focused offerings. The menu is cheekily divided into sections like ‘side of waffles’ and ‘beside your waffles’ along with essentials like dessert waffles. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, savoury options like Cheese N’ Chive hit the spot. The waffles Benedict – two poached eggs perched atop mini waffles – might be our new brunch favourite.
Hong Kong egg waffles are enjoying a resurgence lately thanks to the ice-cream-in-any-edible-vessel craze. But these puffy waffles are worth munching on in their own right. At Golden Bubbles in Scarborough, you can order egg waffles flavoured with matcha and milk tea. But our top pick for creativity goes to the savoury Japanese street snack-themed takoyaki waffle topped with bonito and seaweed flakes. If you’re a new-age traditionalist, there are plenty of ice cream scoops available to make your waffle experience all the more Instagrammable.
Wafels & More
237 Augusta Ave
Sweet seekers flock to this Kensington waffle bar for thick and cakey Belgian-style waffles speckled with authentic sugar pearls. The owner, a Belgian expat, uses a secret family recipe with waffle irons imported from Belgium so you know it’s the real deal. Plus, they have a list of sweet and savoury toppings.
Cluck Cluck’s Chicken and Waffles
222 The Esplanade
Chicken and waffles isn’t a passing fad thanks to this Esplanade spot. Cluck Cluck’s serves nearly ten takes on this combo, including options with parmesan breading and waffle sandwiches. Go big with a Hold the Cluck Up to get fried chicken pieces in a waffle cone.